MORTON TO ACCEPT VETERANS CHOICE INSURANCE PROGRAM
OCTOBER 13, 2015 – TULSA, OKLA. – Morton Comprehensive Health Services Inc. announced today that it has become a provider under the Veterans Choice Program (VCP).
The health insurance program, included in the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, increases the number of choices and options for veterans to receive health care and to provide “timely access to high-quality care” for a Veteran, according to the Veterans Affairs Program website.
“This opportunity to serve our Veterans is another step forward in improving health care access for those Americans who served our country. Morton is committed to increasing the number of veterans that we serve and helping them maintain and improve their health and physical wellbeing,” said John M. Silva, CEO of MCHS.
The Veterans Affairs Program website explains that the VCP provides eligible Veterans with primary care, inpatient and outpatient specialty care, and mental health care when the local Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) cannot provide the services because of (1) lack of available specialists, (2) long wait times (longer than 30 days for care) and (3) extraordinary distance from the Veteran’s home (more than 40 miles drive time or if a Veteran encounters geographic barriers from the nearest VAMC).
Upon visiting Morton, qualified Veterans will be required to present a Veterans Choice Card. The individual will then meet with a Patient Service Representative to enroll as a patient at Morton. After successfully enrolling, then the Veteran will become eligible to receive Morton’s wide range of primary health care services.
The VCP is administered by TriWest Healthcare Alliance, based in Phoenix, Ariz.
For more information or to enroll in the VCP, one can contact TriWest Healthcare Alliance and its Veterans Choice Card Contact Center at 866-606-8198.
Veterans Choice Program
In August 2014, President Obama signed into law the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act (VACAA) of 2014, which directed the establishment of a new program to better meet the health care needs of our nation’s Veterans. The law directs the establishment of a Veterans Choice Card benefit that allows eligible Veterans who live more than 40 miles from a VA facility or are unable to get a VA appointment within 30 days of their preferred date, or within 30 days of the date determined medically necessary by their physicians, to obtain approved care in their community instead. For more information, the website for the program is https://www.hnfs.com/content/hnfs/home/va/home/provider/veterans-choice-program.html.
TriWest Healthcare Alliance
Since TriWest Healthcare Alliance founding in 1996, the organization has been On a Mission to Serve® America’s military families. All that we do, we do for our customers—those who wear America’s uniform, their family members and those who came before them. For more information, visit its website at https://www.triwest.com/en/about-triwest/.
Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc.
Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, is one of Oklahoma’s largest community health centers in the state. For more than 90 years, Morton has been providing comprehensive medical, dental and ancillary services to individuals regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, national origin or one’s ability to pay for services.
The main office of Morton is located at 1334 N. Lansing Ave., with additional satellite offices at the East Tulsa Family Health Center, 11511 E. 21st St.; Midtown Homeless Clinic, 102 N. Denver Ave.; Bartlesville Family Health Center, 4140 SE Adams Road, Suite 105; and at the Nowata Family Health Center, 207 S. Locust St. In August 2015, MCHS announced that it will be opening an additional satellite location in West Tulsa in December. The telephone number for the main office is (918) 587-2171.
For more information, see http://www.mortonhealth.org or call (918) 587-2171.
Press Release For Immediate Release
Contact: Jerry Goodwin at (918) 295-9398
Morton Comprehensive Health Services, Inc. 1334 North Lansing Avenue – Tulsa, Oklahoma 74106 Regarding the press release, contact (918) 584-4414